Wear OS watches regain double-tap shortcut for Google Wallet

When Google Wallet replaced Google Pay on Wear OS, some watches lost the ability to double-tap a preset button to initiate tap-to-pay. Google has now fixed this issue and brought the shortcut back.

Fossil Gen 5 – but not Gen 6 – and TicWatch devices allow you to quickly launch Google Pay by double-clicking. Google Wallet’s update in July broke this ability – nothing would happen after tapping. Since it was a default shortcut, users could not redefine it. Workarounds involved using another button to launch Google Wallet, but at the expense of an existing Wear OS shortcut, or using a watch face complication.

Following a recent update to the Wear OS watch app via Google Play, users discovered that a double-tap now launches Google Wallet. There are reports from owners of Fossil Gen 5 and TicWatch with version 2.59.0.471251175. A full OS update was thankfully not required to fix this issue, but it did take a while to get here.

Meanwhile, Google Wallet for Wear OS will get “more features” later this year and in the future. The first update expanded regional availability.

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